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No.287 Squadron was formed from No.11 Group Anti Aircraft Cooperation Flight in 1941 and continued to serve in that role for the rest of the Second World War.
The squadron operated a wide number of different aircraft in detachments at a number of airfields in the south of England. These aircraft were used for gunlaying training and for target towing. The squadron was disbanded on 15 June 1946.
The squadron operated a wide number of different types for relatively short periods, starting with the Bristol Blenheim, Westland Lysander, Hawker Hurricane and Lockheed Hudson
Full list of types:
Airspeed Master III, Boulton Paul Defiant I and III, Bristol Beaufighter I, VI and X, Bristol Blenheim IV, Hawker Hurricane I, IIB and IV, Hawker Tempest V, Lockheed Hudson III, Miles Martinet I, Supermarine Spitfire VB, IX and XVIE, Westland Lysander I, II and IIIA, Oxford I and II
November 1941-July 1944: Croydon
July-August 1944: North Weald
August 1944-January 1945: Gatwick
January-May 1945: Redhill
May-June 1945: Hornchurch
June-September 1945: Bradwell Bay
September 1945-June 1946: West Malling
Squadron Codes: -
1941-1945: Anti Aircraft Cooperation